Am I The Only Beer Geek That Saves Empty Bottles?

Discussion in 'Breweriana' started by Hamburgers, Jan 28, 2013.

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  1. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    I've been saving empty bottles of beer for a while now. Mostly just some of the rarities. The beer is gone but I hate letting go. Does anybody else save their empties?
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  2. No1Smitty

    No1Smitty Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2011 California

    Short answer to thread title. No. :grinning:
  3. MrOH

    MrOH Grand Pooh-Bah (3,281) Jul 5, 2010 Maryland

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  4. stantheposterman

    stantheposterman Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2012 California

    Its not just you.... I've got them lined up from best to worst. There is alot of glass on those shelves.
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  5. stantheposterman

    stantheposterman Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2012 California

    I think he is talking about trophys, not for reuse.
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  6. gtermi

    gtermi Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    I keep all the ones from the beers I love. My bestfriend keeps them and that's his way of rating them.
  7. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California

    No you are not. I was saving one of every beer I tried, but after a few months I began to run out of space. So what I did is, I soaked all those bottles until the labels peeled off, and I put them in an album. Next step is to make a beer-label-table. I inherited a cool wooden folding table from my grandparents that my grandfather covered with wine labels, and the clear coated over. That gave me the inspiration to make a similar table with beer labels. I also save various bottlecaps, which I make into coasters.

    I also save some bottles with printed on labels, and some cans to display when I build my bar.
  8. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    That's a great Idea. Thanks.
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  9. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    I sell them back to the homeless people for 4 cents a bottle.

    Lol I'm just kidding, that would be mean. 3 cents is my going rate.
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  10. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,363) Apr 5, 2009 Montana
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    You're not alone, my friend. I always keep some of the most memorable brew bottles around, based on how I liked the contents, label art, etc. I add to my collection as I go of course, and every once in awhile, I sort through the bottles and recycle a portion. Keeps the display from getting too out of control.
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  11. Stoutish

    Stoutish Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2013 California

    My fiancee thinks it weird, but I save all my bottles, date them with a silver paint marker, a gold one for my favorites. They reside in boxes for now. I will make a trophy shelf one day.
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  12. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 California

    Hehe... De-location... My wife tells me I'm retarded whenever I watch that show. I think it's funny
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  13. Frddymck

    Frddymck Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013

    I was saving them but quickly ran out of room, Now I just take a picture or two. Have several images on flickr as well as Facebook.
  14. bayareahustla

    bayareahustla Zealot (632) Jul 13, 2012 California

    i could not agree more. this is exactly what i do.
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  15. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

  16. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 California

    I just save the labels. Only bottles I ever consider saving are awesome looking silkscreens.
  17. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    I save certain specialties and rarities or just really good brews. I also save one of everything that isn't year round from Stone and DFH. Stone because their bottles are what got me started saving and DFH because they're my favorite and they make a lot of cool labels. I have 4 wine/bomber boxes full of bottles plus another box or 2 worth just sitting around my room. Those are the extras. Then I have my shelf. The only picture I have of it is a waayyy outdated one from almost 2 years ago, but it is what it looked like then


    Its much more cluttered now lol.
  18. Ciocanelu

    Ciocanelu Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2012 Romania

    I save all the bottles. I'm currently at ~650.
    I also have an app on my phone that lets me add a photo, name, type, description and rating.
  19. JerzDevl2000

    JerzDevl2000 Pooh-Bah (2,936) Oct 7, 2005 New Jersey

    I've met a few people who do this and I was close to saving mine at one time but with 600+ reviews now, that would have required a new room or a few racks, at the least.

    Instead, I just cut out the sides of the sleeves for any 6-packs where I've had at least one one of the bottles inside of them. It's just a big box for me now and someday, I'll have a wall (or maybe part of a bar) with all the sleeves of the beers I've been fortunate enough to enjoy over the years.
  20. jtmartino

    jtmartino Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California

    I have no room for thousands and thousands of empties. It would be like an awesome episode of hoarders if I kept every bottle I've popped.
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